Top 10 Posts of 2015

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Top 10 Posts of 2015

The Year in Review

 

Before I unveil the Top 10 List of posts written during 2015, I want to give you just a brief update to close out the year. 2015 brought a lot of changes not only to my life, but to the blog as well. Surviving the struggles has made Rory and I even stronger and happier. In these difficult times, we found courage, tenacity, and a new family that embraced us with open hearts and arms. Luke is a rock and a Godsend, and we are enjoying building our new life together as a family.

As for the blog, Life With Lorelai grew by leaps and bounds. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • LWL is now earning money. I have thoroughly enjoyed taking on sponsored posts, and working with different brands and networks to bring you fabulous recipes, DIY projects, and more. I look forward to continuing those relationships in the New Year, and engaging new alliances along the way.
  • We’ve connected with other bloggers in the form of Regular Contributors and Guest Posters. This has been especially fun to share with you.
  • The Home Matters Linky Party is thriving! The weekly link-up grew from a high of 82 links to a record high of 699 links. If you haven’t had the chance to stop by and check it out, please do–the Door Opens every Friday. You will find a wide variety of fun and inspiration concerning all things Home Matters. Will we break the illusive 700 link mark in 2016?

And, now, onto the Top 10 Posts of 2015

Counting down to the post that takes the top spot…

Kitchen Cabinets – DIY Upscale

 

12 Tips On Choosing The Right Paint Colors

 

January 2015 – Gratitude, Promise & Memories

 

Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad Recipe

 

Sidewalk Chalk Tutorial

 

Caramel Creme Pie Recipe

 

Sports Button Display – DIY

 

Banana Pudding – An Easy Old-Fashioned Recipe

 

Haunted Mirror – A Halloween DIY

 

Drum Roll, please… the Top Spot

Italian Stuffed Chicken Recipe

 

Be sure to visit these Top Posts of 2015. Is your favorite in the Top 10?

I wish everyone happiness, health, and a multitude of blessings. Cheers!

Happy New Year 2016!!!

 

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March 2015 – Gratitude, Promise & Memories

Photo from Cynthia Hart’s 2015 Victoriana Calendar

March 2015

March rolled in with the largest thunder and lightening storm we have seen in Huntington Beach, California in years! It was absolutely pouring down rain–a much needed drenching for this drought plagued state. But then, the MOST AMAZING thing happened… we had a huge hail storm! It was like a white Christmas on the beach! Check out this video…

Crazy, right? It was kind of cool though. LOL

So, now onto what happened on the blog…

 

Gratitude, Promise & Memories

 

Top Five Posts for February 2015…

Thank you for being an amazing part of Life With Lorelai and enjoying these posts. You have helped my blog grow.

Our weekly Home Matters Linky Party continues to grow and flourish, and is not included in the Top Five Posts. The Door OPENS every Friday–come by for a visit and join the party!

If you missed any of these favorites, click through to check them out.

February 19, 2015 | St. Patrick’s day Chalkboards

February 11. 2015 | EasyRecipe Plug-In Not Just For Recipes

November 7, 2014 | TGIF – It’s Been A Rough Week

November 17, 2014 | Chinese New Year Cookies or Haystacks

February 24, 2015 | Guest Room Bedding Ideas

Featured Posts of February 2015…

Holiday Sidebar – Valentine’s Day 2015 …@… Scraptastic Saturdays Linky Party #21

EasyRecipe Plug-In Not Just For Recipes …@… Scraptastic Saturdays Linky Party #23

St. Patrick’s Day Chalkboards …@… Scraptastic Saturdays Linky Party #24

 

Thank you to all who have shared and featured us this past month!

Coming March 2015 to Life With Lorelai…

Watch for posts on the rose garden, guest room makeover, and some recipes!

From the Vault

Here is something fun! Give it a try and find out Which Austen Heroine you are? Click below…

July 7, 2013 | Which Austen Heroine Are You?

Have a Wonderful March 2015!

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February 2015 – Gratitude, Promise & Memories

Photo from Cynthia Hart’s 2015 Victoriana Calendar

Love Is In The Air

February 2015

Red, Pink, Hearts, and Cupids… Love is in the air. No matter how you celebrate Valentine’s Day, show someone that you care. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a wonderful loving day.

Here’s what happened on the blog last month…

 

Gratitude, Promise & Memories

 

Top Five Posts for January 2015…

Thank you for being an amazing part of Life With Lorelai and enjoying these posts. You have helped my blog grow. If you missed any of these favorites, click through to check them out.

January 15, 2015 | Home Matters Linky Party #20

December 8, 2014 | Blog Planner – Get Organized!

January 15, 2015 | Super Bowl Party Trick Plays & Tasty Treats

November 7, 2014 | TGIF – It’s Been A Rough Week

November 17, 2014 | Chinese New Year Cookies or Haystacks

Featured Posts of January 2015…

Super Bowl Party Trick Plays & Tasty Treats …@… Scraptastic Saturdays Linky Party #20

 

Thank you to all who have shared and featured us this past month!

Coming February 2015 to Life With Lorelai…

  • Bare Root Roses
  • Reclaiming Your Home
  • A Little Yard Work
  • St. Patrick’s Day

From the Vault

This month’s feature from the vault is Bathroom Bliss – A Few Cleaning Tips. Find some helpful tips to keeping your bathroom clean and organized. Also see pictures of the demolition and redo of the bathroom. Click below…

 

July 25, 2013 | Bathroom Bliss – A Few Cleaning Tips

Have a Wonderful February 2015!

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January 2015 – Gratitude, Promise & Memories

Photo from Cynthia Hart’s 2015 Victoriana Calendar

Happy New Year!

January 2015

It’s a wonderful New Year. I hope you thoroughly enjoyed the holiday season with your family and friends. We sure did. Whether it was picking out and decorating our Christmas Tree, having feasts and fun with family and friends, or shopping for Toys For Tots, a blessed Christmas was had by all.

Part of my Merry Christmas was the love you, my readers, showed the blog this past month. So let’s get onto the…

 

Gratitude, Promise & Memories

December was an exciting month for Life With Lorelai. I joined the Home Matters Linky Party as a host, and am thrilled to be working alongside two very talented bloggers, Kristen from The Road to Domestication and Shirley from Intelligent Domestications. We are looking forward to a fantastic 2015. The Linky Party returns from its holiday break on Friday, January 9th.

Top Five Posts for December 2014…

I so appreciate the time you spent during this crazy busy holiday season to visit and share my blog. Thank you for being a part of it and enjoying these posts–you helped my blog grow. If you missed any of these favorites, click through to check them out.

December 3, 2014 | Celebrating St. Nicholas Day – December 6th

November 20, 2014 | Candy Cane Legend with Printables

November 9, 2014 | Mexican Wedding Cakes or Snowball Cookies

December 8, 2014 | Blog Planner – Get Organized!

November 17, 2014 | Chinese New Year Cookies or Haystacks

Featured Posts of December 2014…

13 Homemade Gift Ideas – Food …@… Social Media Saturdays #25

Mexican Wedding Cakes or Snowball Cookies …@… Scraptastic Saturdays #12

Chinese New Year Cookies or Haystacks …@… Holiday Survival Guide 2014 #11

Mexican Wedding Cakes or Snowball Cookies …@… Holiday Survival Guide 2014 #11

Candy Cane Legend with Printables …@… Holiday Survival Guide 2014 #12

Mason Jar Pump Dispenser DIY …@… Scraptastic Saturdays #13

California Snowball Fights …@… Merry Mondays Linky Party Happy Holidays – Features from Merry Mondays #33

 

Thank you to all who have shared and featured us this past month!

Coming January 2015 to Life With Lorelai…

  • Bare-Root Roses
  • Super Bowl Snacks
  • Reclaiming Your Home
  • Healthy Start to a New Year
  • Random Act of Kindness

From the Vault

This month’s feature from the vault is 15 Tips & Tricks – Organize Your Home. January is a perfect time for starting fresh, and what better way to give your home a freshen-up than to get organized. Take a look at this post from the Life With Lorelai Vault for some excellent and creative organizational ideas. Click below…

September 23, 2013 | 15 Tips & Tricks – Organize Your Home

 Have a Wonderful January 2015!

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December 2014 – Gratitude, Promise & Memories

Photo from Cynthia Hart’s  2014 Victoriana Calendar

It’s Time For Christmas!

December 2014

December–what more is there to say than the Glory of Christmas! I love Christmastime. The music, the goodies, the family and friends, the joy, happiness and festivities, the gift giving, and the Reason for the Season. As we explore the wonders of Christmas this month, I hope you love and enjoy December 2014, as much as I will.

Now, onto…

 

Gratitude, Promise & Memories

 

Top Five Posts for November 2014…

These were the most popular posts last month. If you missed any of these favorites, click through to check them out.

November 9, 2014 | Mexican Wedding Cakes or Snowball Cookies

November 12, 2014 | Sugared Cranberries

November 24, 2014 | 13 Homemade Gift Ideas – Food

November 21, 2013 | 2-Hour Turkey for Thanksgiving

And we have two posts tied for the fifth position…

November 12, 2013 | Mississippi Pecan Pie

November 17, 2014 | Chinese New Year Cookies or Haystacks

Don’t want to miss anything else? Get the News!

Featured Posts of November 2014…

I’m Pumpkin Carving – Watch Me …@… Holiday Survival Guide 2014 #6

2-Hour Turkey for Thanksgiving …@… Holiday Survival Guide 2014 #7

DIY Pillow Covers …@… Holiday Survival Guide 2014 #7

2-Hour Turkey for Thanksgiving …@… Share Your Cup Thursday #126

An Invitation To Thanksgiving …@… Home Matters Linky Party #14

2-Hour Turkey for Thanksgiving …@… Home Matters Linky Party #14

DIY Pillow Covers …@… Home Matters Linky Party #14

Sugared Cranberries …@… The Honeycomb Home

Mississippi Pecan Pie …@… The Yuck Stops Here #33

Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies Party & Giveaway …@… Holiday Survival Guide 2014 #8

Mississippi Pecan Pie …@… Holiday Survival Guide 2014 #8

Our Little Happiness Jar …@… Home Matters Linky Party #15

Sugared Cranberries …@… Social Media Saturdays #23

13 Homemade Gift Ideas – Food …@… R8Jobs – 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

 

Thank you to all who have shared and featured us this past month!

Coming December 2014 to Life With Lorelai…

  • Christmas Traditions
  • Blog Planner – FREE PRINTABLES
  • Christmas Chalkboards
  • St. Nicholas Day
  • Christmas Music

From the Vault

This month’s feature from the vault is Home for the Holidays. Join me on a tour of our home in all its festive glory–decorated for the holidays. We love to decorate for all the seasons and little holidays, but Christmas is by far my most favorite holiday for decorating. The memories that accompany each decoration bring true joy and happiness. I hope you enjoy this little peek into our Home for the Holidays. Click below…

December 20, 2013 | Home for the Holidays

 Have a Wonderful December 2014!

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Noblesse November 2014 – Gratitude, Promise & Memories

Photo from Cynthia Hart’s 2014 Victoriana Calendar

Noblesse November 2014 Is Here

I don’t know about you, but to me the month of November has always felt like such a noble month. With crisp fresh air and the crunch of the leaves beneath your feet, November boasts rich beautiful colors, flavors, and aromas bringing all your senses to life. It is a month of gratitude for family and friends, all culminating in a holiday of thankfulness, and leading into the Advent of Christmas. The splendor of November can be enjoyed indoors and out. I hope you love and enjoy your Noblesse November 2014, as much as I do.

This thoughtful month inspired me to create a new feature on my blog–Gratitude, Promise & Memories. Gratitude for the present, promise for the future, and memories of the past. So, without further ado…

 

Gratitude, Promise & Memories

 

Top Five Posts for October 2014…

Thank you for enjoying these posts and helping my blog grow. If you missed any of these favorites, click through to check them out.

October 8, 2014 | Hometalk On Pumpkin Carving

October 23, 2014 | I’m Pumpkin Carving – Watch Me

October 10, 2014 | The Pumpkin Prayer

October 13, 2014 | 21 Mason Jar Recipes For Autumn

October 5, 2014 | Pumpkin Carving Patterns DIY

Featured Posts of October 2014…

Pumpkin Spice Syrup – Improved Recipe, Savvy? @ Holiday Survival Guide 2014 #3

The Girl’s Got Power Tools! Pumpkin Gutter @ Holiday Survival Guide 2014 Link Party #4

The Pumpkin Prayer  @ Pretty Pintastic Party #25

Pumpkin Carving Page @ Say G’day Link Party #109

21 Mason Jar Recipes for Autumn @ Home Matters Linky Party #11

Pumpkin Carving – Carving & Lighting Tips & Tricks @ Say G’day Link Party #110

Recycle Broken Malibu Lights for the Holidays DIY @ Holiday Survival Guide 2014 Link Party #5

Recycle Broken Malibu Lights for the Holidays DIY @ Home Matters Linky Party #12

Coming November 2014 to Life With Lorelai…

  • Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies Party And Giveaway
    (Runs November 9th – 22nd, 2014)
  • Fall Decorating
  • Sugared Cranberries
  • Homemade Gift Ideas
  • Courtyard Project DIY

From the Vault

This month’s feature from the vault is Our Little Happiness Jar. It can easily be changed throughout the year to fit the seasons. During the Autumn months, we change the ribbon on our jar, and it becomes the Thankful Jar. Reading our little notes together is a true blessing. Make a Happiness / Thankful Jar of your own.

October 7, 2013 | Our Little Happiness Jar

 

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31 Posts In 31 Days… Challenge Met!

It’s been quite a month!

31 Posts in 31 Days for a new blogger was a real challenge, but one in which I am glad I participated. I have learned so much over this past month: how to use different design and format for my blog; the importance of social media; how to play with photos using text, cartoon bubbles, or make collages; what a link party or blog hop is; and so much more.

However, I would have to say the best part about this challenge has been meeting so many new friends and finding a plethora of fabulous blogs to read.

A few of my Favorites found through this challenge…

The Giggling Trucker’s Wife

Confessions of an Overworked MOM

Penny’s Vintage Home

Have Apron…Will Bake

Little Green Running Shoes

My blog has grown tremendously over these past 31 days. I celebrated my 1-month blog anniversary during this time. I have enjoyed trying to make Life With Lorelai a fun, helpful, and welcoming blog to not only read but be a part of. The comments and shares have been so kind and I thank you all.

A sampling of Posts from the July Challenge…

Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho, A Treasure Find Fer Me

Our Little Happiness Jar…

Funny Flub-ups! – The Caramel Sticky Buns Escapade

Go Ahead…Sing Karaoke!

Embarrassing Moments of a Naïve Child Grown…

Monday Mournings – Child Support Hula Hoops

Which Austen Heroine Are You?

It is my hope that you have enjoyed this past month of Life With Lorelai as much as I have. Grab a cup of coffee, glass of iced tea, or whatever is your preference, and stop by for a visit. There are some greats posts coming up, and I will be writing two Guest Posts on I Am Meg & So Can You! for her Travel Around the World with Meg Series.

Watch for a very special post on Thursday, August 8th.

Don’t forget about the Pinteresting Bloggers Scavenger Hunt…

Check out the progress on my Pinteresting Bloggers Board…

Life With Lorelai’s –
Pinteresting Bloggers Board

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Writer’s Block…Well Sort Of…

This is true. I have known this feeling from time to time while writing my books. However, that is not exactly my problem today. Today I have too many ideas running through my head. Too many big ideas that will require way more time than I have to offer today. Ideas that will take some time to develop, but I hope will be fun and exciting to not only work on, but to share with you.

Without giving away any ideas (I want you to be surprised), here are a few of the things that will be coming your way in the near future:

  1. A Treasure Find
  2. OMG, What Were You Thinking?!?
  3. A Childhood Favorite Goes Bloggy
  4. Funny Flub-Ups
  5. A Crafty New Tradition?

If you have any suggestions for blog posts, let me know. Perhaps a Blog Chain would be an interesting idea…

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